Guerlain Les Absolus d’Orient Epices Exquises

French Maison Guerlain’s Les Absolus d’Orient Collection is an olfactory homage to the fragrant treasures of the East. Imagined by the Guerlain Perfumers, the collection’s latest creation, Epices Exquises, embodies the irresistible essence of an Oriental fragrance. A warm, full-bodied and sensual base with tinges of black pepper, woody notes of oud, patchouli and sandalwood is juxtaposed with notes of pink pepper and fresh green angelica. A bold, rich sillage that contrasts the spicy warmth of cardamom with the earthy bitterness of coffee.

Guerlain Les Absolus d’Orient Epices Exquises is available at Guerlain boutiques and selected stores worldwide as 125 ml Eau de Parfum. Come into the beautiful world of Guerlain.

Poetry and calligraphy grace Hermès Hermessence Agar Ebene

Each scent from French Maison Hermès’ Hermessence Collection is an olfactory poem. On a quest to capture the balmy scent of agarwood which carries a warm and mysterious vibration at its heart, perfumer Christine Nagel dreamt up the Agar Ebene Eau de Toilette swirling with woody notes, fresh fir balsam. Warm and balmy, it’s a fragrance to spritz on throughout the year to whisk a reminder of nature into your everyday. A fragrance that marries the enveloping sensuality of two wood essences: a carnal agar wood softened by the sweetness of balsam fir, profound and mysterious.

Rashid Al Khadar’s verses, expressed in Mohammed Mandi Al Tamimi’s fluid strokes, echo the creative freedom of the Hermessence collection. The text by the celebrated Emirati writer, who died in 1980, invokes the emotion of fragrance in a declaration to his beloved. The poet sets the tone, the calligrapher applies his perspective, a line, a gesture.

Poetry and calligraphy grace Hermessence Agar Ebene. For an exceptional limited edition, the Agar Ebene flacon is adorned with the verse of Rashid Al Khadar, calligraphed in Diwani by the artist Mohammed Mandi Al Tamimi. The poem evokes the emotion of fragrance in a declaration to his beloved. Calligraphy unfurls on one side of the glass flacon of Agar Ebene. The interlaced script is engraved, then embellished with 24-carat gold leaf.

Hermès Hermessence Agar Ebene is available at Hermès boutiques worldwide and from the official Hermès website as 100ml Eau de Toilette $ 286, or as 200 ml Arabic Engraved Limited Edition (with the gilding) for $ 1475. There is also a set available of 4 x 15 ml travel flacons ($ 180); and a set of 8 x 15 ml ($ 360), however, you cannot add Agar Ebene to the set online).

Come into the beautiful world of Hermès.

When I see red, it better could be Guerlain Habit Rouge L’Instinct

In 1965 Parisian Maison Guerlainpresented Habit Rouge, a tantalizing fragrance that redefined men’s perfumery and the male beauty industry as a whole. Its warm and spicy-ambery fragrance for men, offering a unique masculine olfactory signature at the time. Its name pays homage to the jackets worn by equestrian riders during this period.

Now, the French Maison has unleashed the power of Habit Rouge L’Instinc, a flanker of the original fragrance of 1965, These two worlds collide, separated by generations of fragrance trends and technological advancements. In this contemporary scent, Guerlain aims to reinvent Habit Rouge with the spirit of freedom.

Maison Guerlain has utilized design cues from the original design. The flacon is shaped like a square with the same badge in the center of the glass. A red cap sits atop an atomizer. Protruding through the transparant sides is a light gold juice, maintaning similar colour prompts compared to the original.

Habit Rouge L’Instinct is announced as portraying the passion of an aromatic and woody fragrance, untamed by nature, featuring animalic and vegetable characteristics. 

Top: bergamot, grapefruit, green notes
Heart: rose, hemp, mate
Base: leather, patchouli, vanilla

Created by Delphine Jelk, Habit Rouge L’Instinct features an assumed note breakdown of zesty Bergamot at the top amidst a refreshing grapefruit and an apo calyp tic absintha accord. Down in the heart is rose, which is a delicate new touch to the olfactive concoction and a tribute to how far modern perfumery has come since 1965. The portion of the breakdown concludes with hemp, a note known for its psychoactive marijuana aromas. The base is where this fragrance becomes an ode to the original Habit Rouge. Leather and vanilla were staple accords in the original release, becoming traiblazing notes for their time. Giving a wet earth scent, patchouli is presented in two qualities, heart and essence, and still finds abundant success in today’s modern perfume style.

Guerlain Habit Rouge L’Instinct is available at Guerlain boutiques and selected stores worldwide as a 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Intense. Come into the beautiful world of Guerlain.

Byredo’s new De Los Santos fragrance is about celebrating life

Byredo has unveiled its new fragrance De Los Santos which is about celebrating life. Created as an homage to Día de los Muertos and All Saints’ Day, the new fragrance embodies the power of unity through ceremony. By acknowledging the fleeting notion of life, the new scent celebrates the formation of memories as much as it does life.

Top: Clary Sage, Mirabelle
Heart: Orris, Ciste Oil
Base: Musks, Ambroxan, Palo Santo

De Los Santos incants memories and acknowledges the fleeting. An aromatic cloud of musk is pierced by the clarity of sage. The splendor of amber and incense is grounded by iris root and mirabelle. Earthen notes of cistus flourish in dry heat. In homage to the traditions of Día de los Muertos and All Saints’ Day, De Los Santos captures the transcendent power of coming together in collective ceremonies, translating scent into a new ritual of remembrance. 

Last month, the Swedish company collaborated with Reborn in Color on a series of ‘Wearable Blankets’. Comprised of 100% recycled down blankets, the oversized garments are washed in bubblegum pink and faded black.

Byredo De Los Santos scent is available now on their official website and selected stores. Come into the beautiful world of Byredo.

Bentley Stockholm inaugurates its brand new showroom in the Swedish capital

Bentley Stockholm, the latest brand new Bentley retail facility, officially opened its new premises in the capital of Sweden. The launch event featured some of the most-exclusive Bentley models to date.    

Located just off the E20 and the E4, the new showroom offers an easy access to the larger showroom facilities with 900 sqm of space, accommodating a new and pre-owned vehicles area with the latest Bentley Corporate Identity.

A commissioning area is on hand to help visitors build their own unique Bentley vehicle. For those who are inclined to take their customised Bentley even further, this area is also the place to explore the world of Mulliner, Bentley Motors customisation department, where the most unique and creative ideas are brought to life.

For this occasion, guests welcomed a special star amongst them, with the national debut of the Flying Spur Hybrid in Azure Purple and its Damson interior (see photos). This new model line-up proves that hybridisation does not compromise luxury performance.

The Flying Spur Hybrid uses a highly innovative third powertrain to deliver an unperceivable blend between the internal combustion engine and electric motor to offer refined serenity regardless of the driving mode or style. The exterior subtle visual differences include a ‘Hybrid’ front fender badge, quad oval tailpipes and a covered universal charging point on the left hand rear fender.

Joined by the first true luxury plug-in hybrid SUV, the Bentayga Hybrid in Viridian featuring Mulliner’s Black Specification, which includes a 22” Ten Spoke Directional Wheel – painted in black, Black specification, and sports pedals amongst other options. To round it up, the personalised GT Mulliner in Sequin Blue with a Linen interior and a striking Grand Black Veneer fascia handcrafted by Mulliner made an appearance.     

With the Beyond100 strategy, Bentley is focusing on redefining the benchmark as a leader in sustainable luxury mobility. The Bacalar Car Zero in Scarab green paint with a retrimmed cabin displays the  sustainable craftsmanship. The materials include paint containing ash from rice husks, which provides a sustainable way of delivering a rich metallic finish, natural British wool and 5,000-year-old Riverwood sourced from the ancient Fenlands of East Anglia. 

Only 12 units were produced and each one of them is a unique masterpiece. Bentley is accelerating its Beyond100 strategy and committed with a sustainable investment of £2.5 billion to transform the entire production portfolio and Crewe into a world – leading ‘Dream Factory’. Innovative steps to run the first full EV model down the assembly line by 2025, whist becoming carbon neutral, and having a zero impact production by 2030. 

The new showroom is located at: 

Bentley Stockholm 
Sveavägen 167
11346 Stockholm 
Come into the beautiful world of Bentley.   

Tumi introduses Atlas [00:00 GMT], a new fragrance that transports him to his exclusive Escape

International travel and lifestyle brand Tumi introduces its fourth men’s fragrance, Atlas [00:00 GMT]. The unique scent celebrates a man’s time to himself. The clock sets back to 0, resetting his focus as he disconnects from the world to reconnect with himself. Finding power in freedom, he retreats on a journey of personal discovery.

Crafted with the highest quality ingredients, Atlas [00:00 GMT] is undeniably bold, fresh, and profoundly sophisticated. The fragrance reveals the spirit of a man who chooses his destiny with individuality and determination.

Top Notes: Italian Bergamot, Florida Grapefruit, Blue Cardamom, Amberwood
Heart Notes: Labdanum, Geranium, Ginger
Base Notes: Vetiver, Indian Sandalwood, Moss

Atlas features a burst of citrus notes from all over the world, including Italian bergamot and Florida grapefruit, while notes of amberwood are balanced by labdanum, geranium, and ginger. The freshness of Haitian vetiver and the smoky feel of Javanese vetiver create the ultimate contrast. Indian sandalwood and moss unfold with great depth.

Tumi Atlas [00:00 GMT] retails for $110 for 100ml in the US on tumi.com and at Tumi boutiques as well as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom retailers. Come in the beautiful world of Tumi.

A lucky new year with La Collection Privée Christian Dior.

A lucky new year with La Collection Privée Christian Dior. Sublimated by their Lunar New Year’s limited Couture motif, discover the wonderful world of La Collection Privée and let all your senses be seduced by the scent of luck….

Christian Dior Lucky and other fragrances of the La Collection Privée are available at Christian Dior boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior.

Déclaration Haute Fraîcheur, Cartier’s new olfactory declaration

A new fragrance that is a real explosion of life! Created by perfumer Mathilde Laurent, this new version displays a second nature of the fragrance, characterized by intense vegetable notes of great vitality.

Launched in 1998, Déclaration Eau de Toilette is one of the house’s most iconic men’s fragrances and a classic in Cartier’s scent line. Now, this new version of you, the Déclaration Haute Fraîcheur, becomes a shareable perfume.

This new variation shows us a second nature as vegetal as it is alive. It enriches the palette with this spicy and woody trail, emblematic and elegant, known for its olfactory intensity. Giving new vivacity to the original ingredients of Declaration Eau de Toilette, it makes them bloom like a new spring: the cedar is filled with sap , the spices are fresher, the citrus leaves greener and more tender… an explosion of life! and grey, tailored to the measure of this trail of elegance.

The beauty and simplicity of its freshness are reflected in the color of the new flacon, green with shades of blue and grey, marrying perfectly with this elegant perfume.

This fresh elegant Eau de Toilette with playful lemon leaves and seductive cardamom makes everyone’s heart beat faster… Déclaration Haute Fraîcheur is available as 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Cartier.

Dior Beauty as a Legacy, in complete transparency

In a world that is continually evolving, French Maison Christian Dior has fully taken on its role as a pioneering actor for change since 1947. At a time when cosmetics paradigms are evolving drastically, the Maison has decided to reveal all.

From February 2022, on the Dior website, the compositions of beauty references (perfume, skincare and makeup) will be revealed and explained, in terms of: natural origin rates, active ingredients, the origins and cultivation methods of the signature Maison ingredients of natural origin and their transformation methods, and environmental impact including packaging. For maximum clarity, the different ingredients are classified by family, then explained and listed by their benefits.

In order to better understand the expectations of women & men throughout the world, in 2021, Dior Research launched a vast study among 1500 luxury consumers in France, China and the United States. At the heart of the economic revival, Dior asked: what are their needs, wants and worries? What do they expect from the cosmetics of tomorrow?

In these three countries, across all generations (aged 18 to 75), two fundamental centres of interest clearly emerge:
– Health, mainly the safety of products ingested and/or applied to the skin,
– Respect for the environment (global warming and pollution).

Dior has decided to reveal and explain the composition of each product, beneath its description, at their website itself. The origins and cultivation methods of the signature Maison natural origin ingredients are displayed, as are the major aspects of eco-design in their packaging.

This information enables you to choose with certainty, the formula you want to have in contact with your skin, and the object you want to have in your bathroom. Almost 1,000 skincare, makeup and perfume references are already present in the catalogue, and upcoming new products will also appear.

Dior is committed to gradually updating its entire catalogue by enriching it with this information, which will be translated into every language. The documents will also be available via a QR Code on the packaging of new launches.

Whether perfume bottles, cream jars, lipstick mechanisms or cases, Dior describes the eco-design of its products as well as the process involved (recycled materials, the nature of renewable sourcing, separability, refill systems and recyclability). The French Maison also provides separation advice for recycling in a global and educational approach to reducing the environmental footprint of cosmetics over time.

Step by step, true to its convictions as a historical French Maison and a leader in the cosmetics industry, Dior is committed to leaving only beauty as a legacy. Come into the beautiiful world of Christian Dior.

French fashion king Thierry Mugler passed away

Once again, the fashion world loses one of its most influential figures with the death of the French avant-garde couturier and costume designer. The eccentric French fashion designer passed away on Sunday. Mugler’s team has announced this via his Instagram account. He was 73 years old.

After three well-known faces from the fashion world disappeared last week (fashion journalist André Leon Talley, former top model Ghislaine Nuytten and actor and top model Gaspard Ulliel), Manfred Thierry Mugler passed away on Sunday. The sad news was shared on his Instagram last Sunday in a short statement. An all-black image reads, in French: ‘We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday 23rd January 2022. May his soul rest in peace’.

Thierry Mugler was born in Strasbourg in December 1948. At the age of 14 he decided to become a dancer with the ballet company of the Opéra national du Rhin, and studied at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. His creativity led to training as an interior designer, but in his early twenties he shifted his attention to designing clothes.

In 1967 he managed to sell his first designs to the French fashion houses Cacharel and Dorothee Bis. A period of freelancing in various European fashion capitals followed, after which Mugler settled on a houseboat in Amsterdam – some sources say he shared rooms with Sylvester, who would later have big hits with songs like ‘You Make Me Feel..Mighty Real’, and ‘Do You Wanna’. Funk’.

He moved to Paris at the age of 24 and created his own label ‘Café de Paris’ in 1973. A year later he founded the fashion house ‘Thierry Mugler’. His structured and refined silhouettes quickly became an established name.

Some people are exceptionally gifted. Fashion designer Thierry Mugler was one of them: each design was powerful, sharp, soft, outspoken, timeless and different.

In the 80s and 90s he became known in the haute couture world for his sexy style and the big names that walked around in his creations, such as Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Liza Minelli, Beyoncé, Céline Dion, Svetlana Zakharova, Dua Lipa, but also the Cirque du Soleil were among his clientele. At the request of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, he completed his first haute couture collection in 1992.

Thierry Mugler was often in the company of colleagues Claude Montana, Jean Paul Gaultier and Azzedine Alaïa. His fashion shows were extravagant affairs held in arena-like settings and the associated collections had different themes. He was known for his sculpted designs with broad shoulders and a narrow waist. Wearable art with a bombastic touch was his trademark.

I have always tried to take the body to the next level, to make people dream.

Early in his career, he designed signature looks for Michael Jackson, Madonna, Grace Jones, Diana Ross, and David Bowie; as well as outfits for George Michael’s music video ‘Too Funky’ and most notably Demi Moore’s dress from the 1993 film ‘Indecent Proposal’, once dubbed “the most famous dress of the 1990s”.

In addition, according to the authoritative fashion magazine WWD, Mugler was the first designer to force celebrities to showcase his creations at fashion shows. He was also one of the first designers to champion diversity in his runway shows, often addressing racism and ageism, and incorporating non-traditional models such as drag queens, porn stars and transgender women.

It wasn’t just the clothes that appealed to Mugler. Photography was more than a hobby, many of the photos used in campaigns were taken by the designer himself. In 1988 he publishes his first book as a photographer. He was also the director of several short films for Canal+ and several commercials for Gauloises in 1990. He not only designed the clothing, but he also directed the iconic video clip Too Funky in 1992. In 1994 he co-starred in the film ‘ Ready to Wear’ by Robert Altman.

Angel

Estelle Lefébure for Thierry Mugler Angel, 1992

In 1992, the fashion designer entered the beauty industry with the launch of the fashion house’s first fragrance. Mugler worked very closely with famed Jacques Courtin-Clarins (founder and head of the Clarins empire) and the perfumers to create a fragrance that reflected his approach to fashion design — unexpectedly, somewhere between the vulgar and the luxurious.

Created by Olivier Cresp en Yves de Chirin, Angel is a sugary-sexy blend of caramelized praline, chocolate and a patchouli accord. It would be part of a new fragrance family now known as ‘gourmand’.

Jerry Hall for Thierry Mugler Angel, 1995

Loyal fans of Angel include Diana Ross, Jerry Hall, Barbara Walters, Eva Mendes and Hilary Rodham Clinton. But the powerful fragrance, inspired by Mugler’s childhood memories of visiting the funfair in France, became the ultimate ‘party perfume’ of the 1990s.

The Angel flacon, a futuristic and technically sophisticated design in the shape of a faceted star, was designed by Thierry Mugler. Brosse Master Glassmakers manufactured the refillable flacons by hand using a special process.

Thierry Mugler Angel, 75ml, 1994 Limited Edition Etoile Couture Star, vervaardigd door de Brosse Master Glassmakers (privé-collectie).

One of the most important features was that the flacons were made of very clear glass without the use of lead, making the flacons recyclable, and the flacons were refillable ‘as in the past’. Concerned early on about their environmental impact, Mugler and Clarins later developed a refillable flacon that could be refilled at ‘La Source’- a bold move that was far ahead of its time. Limited ‘star’ flacons were released every year.

In 1996 Mugler Angel launched a male version called Angel Men or A*Men. This fragrance contains notes of caramel, coffee, vanilla, patchouli and honey. Nearly ten years after Angel, its 2005 counterpart – Alien – was released with much the same fanfare. Since then, several additional versions such as Angel Muse, Angel Nova, and Alien Goddess have hit the scene earlier this year.

Career switch

In 1997 he sold his fashion house to the Clarins Groupe. In 2002 he said goodbye to his Maison. When he went out of fashion, the designer went back to using his birth name, Manfred. Through bodybuilding and surgery, he changed his appearance, making him look like a homoerotic illustration of the French artist Tom of Finland. I have always found his transformation fascinating. In his interview with his good friend Tippi Hedren for Interview he talks about this, memorable!

The cheerful Frenchman, a lover of drama and theater, stopped as a designer in 2002 and said about it: “Fashion is beautiful, it is 3D art on a person. But it wasn’t enough, which is why I want to create in other ways”.

He did this, among other things, by focusing on making costumes and concepts for circus, cabaret and pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Beyoncé. At the Cirque du Soleil he directed the ‘Zumanity’ (zoo-manity) show (2003), for which he also designed the costumes. In 2008, he created the outfits for Beyoncé for her ‘Sasha Fierce-Tour’. For her ‘I Am… World Tour’ in 2009 he started working as an artistic consultant and designed both the clothing and the decor.

The return

In September 2010, Nicola Formichetti was announced as Creative Director of the Thierry Mugler brand. He changed the brand name to Mugler, removed the first name, and in January 2011, launched the revival of the brand’s menswear collection in collaboration with Romain Kremer.

After more than two years working as Mugler’s creative director, Formichetti announced in April 2013 that he and the fashion house were separating. Formichetti left Mugler to work for the Italian brand Diesel. This year Thierry Mugler returned as a creative advisor.

In 2016, Thierry Mugler created and directed the music video and staging for San Marino’s Eurovision Song Contest entry ‘I Didn’t Know’ performed by Turkish singer Serhat. In 2019 he created a ballet together with the choreographer Wayne McGregor. Mugler joined forces with the choreographer to direct something he had long dreamed of: a dance-fashion fusion presentation called ‘McGregor and Mugler at The London Coliseum’.

That same year, Mugler interrupted his designer retirement for Kim Kardashian, for whom he designed the dress she wore to the Met Gala. Inspired by Sophia Loren in the movie Boy on a Dolphin, Mugler imagined a ‘wet’ California girl; hence the name of the creation “wet couture dress”. The dress from which small drops of her body hung has now become an iconic design of his hand.

In October of the same year Mugler was a guest in Rotterdam for two days, where he exhibited his beautiful creations in the Kunsthal with the ‘Couturissime’ exhibition. The exhibition ‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissime’ in the Kunsthal brought together more than 150 outfits from the period between 1977 and 2014, most of which were exhibited for the first time. Wonderful to have seen some of his creations ‘live’ again…

I was working for Clarins in the 1990s. During the launch of Angel in the Netherlands I met Sonia Ziekek, International Training Manager for the Clarins Groupe. This very friendly and sympathetic woman brought me into contact with the right people at Mugler (thanxx always! x), so that I could work behind the scenes of various shows in Paris on the make-up. A very special time, where I met many special people (Tessa Rolink, Victoria… remember the time). So is Thierry Mugler himself, a very friendly and charismatic man. A beautiful person.

Thierry Mugler was a force of creativity and kindness. I was shocked to hear of Manfred Thierry Mugler’s passing. A man with the astonishing vision, who set the tone of the times like no other. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work for you.

Jean Amr, owner Yakymour, former makeup artist

According to his agent Jean-Baptiste Rougeot, Mugler died a sudden, natural death. According to Rougeot, the couturier still had many plans and would announce new collaborations at the beginning of this week.

Our thoughts are with his family, his loved ones and all the people who supported him in his revolutionary adventure.

If someone is going to spend a weekend in Paris soon, an exhibition of his designs is mind blowing.